Alli Trout has had a love for horses for as long as she can remember.
She has owned horses for six years and currently has four.
"I got my first horse on my 13th birthday," Trout said. "It just kind of went from there."
Beginning next week, Trout, the daughter of Tony and Tammi Trout, will compete in the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) in Gillette, Wyo.
"I've been barrel racing for about five years," Trout said.
She will compete with her quarter horse, Superstar, at the event.
To earn a spot in nationals, Trout had to qualify through the Indiana High School Rodeo Association competition, which took place in Rensselaer, Ind., at the Jasper County Fairgrounds.
In the competition, she placed fourth in the barrel competition.
"My first horse was a barrel horse," Trout said. "At the farm, I would just ride around the barrels. I decided I wanted to try that out and I did. I started competing locally and then went to bigger shows."
At state finals, Trout said she was third after the first go-round, and sixth after the second go-round. However, she won the third go-round.
"I ran the fastest time of the weekend," she said.
Trout said to be at the NHSRA level, riders must compete for a full year.
To comply, she said she competed in events in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
She said riders earn points at the events and at the event of the year, the top four in events at the state final level get to compete at nationals.
In barrel racing, three barrels are set up in a cloverleaf pattern. The rider rides around the barrels and the fastest time wins races. However, a knocked over barrel costs the rider five seconds.
Trout also competes in poll bending, where the rider weaves in and out of six strategically placed polls.
"It's a year-round thing," Trout said of the competition.
Last year, Trout competed at nationals, which took place in Farmington, N.M. Her previous experience, she said, should help her next week.
"I'm going to try my best and have a lot of fun with it," she said. "It's the largest rodeo in the world to compete at. There will be more than 1,500 contestants.
"It will be probably a little less nerve-racking because I know what to expect."
Trout will compete Tuesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 22. The event will be televised at a later date.
For more information on the Indiana High School Rodeo Association, log on to www.ihsraonline.org.
Trout, who plans to study radiology at Ivy Tech Community College -- Terre Haute -- in the fall, also played golf while attending Northview.